Super Smash Bros. is coming to challenge the United States in 3DS fighting in about a week, and Nintendo is looking to keep the excitement at a fever pitch throughout that release. A nationwide tournament was announced by the company and challengers are encouraged to come with their favorite characters to fight for a prize. Among those characters is an impressive list of both first and third party icons that bring a variety of moves to the field. The game, already released in Japan, continues to show high sales numbers in what is traditionally a smaller market for games in general.
The series of tournaments happening across the United States comes after several similar events have already happened this year at major gaming venues. These, however, will be happening concurrently and will begin the day after the game’s Oct. 3 release. Hosted by Gamestop, the brackets for these events will be limited at 64 with no pre-registration needed, but any that come after too late will be turned away. Games and consoles will be available for participants to use at the venues, meaning players will not have to bring their own, and the winner of each location will head to New York City to take place in the Nintendo 3DS National Open Tournament on Oct. 11.
Super Smash Bros. challengers for the nationwide event have several venues to choose from should they want to enter. From Illinois to the East Coast, there will be tournaments at Chicago’s Brickyard Shopping Center, Dedham Mall in Dedham, Miss., St. John’s Plaza in Ellicott City, Md., SWM Skibo Shopping Center in Bonnie Doone, N.C. and two in New York City at 32E. 14th Street and Nintendo World in Rockefeller Plaza. There will also be three held in Florida in Orlando (SMW Sand Lake Corner), Davie (Tower Shops) and Brandon (Lake Brandon Shoppes). Moving west, Chamblee Village in Chamblee, Ga. will be a location, as will both Holcombe Blvd. and Preston Road Gamestops in Houston and Plano, Texas, respectively.
Other locations will include the S. Colorado Blvd. Gamestop in Denver and Bellevue Square in Bellevue, Wash. The final two spots will be in Anaheim and San Jose, California, at the Anaheim Town and Winfield Shopping Centers for a total of 16 tournaments and only 16 winners moving on. Each tournament will begin at 11 A.M. local time and run as long as needed. No entry fee information was given.
Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS already revealed all of the potential in-game challengers for nationwide combatants to figure out and adopt. The cast from the original game returns intact with fan favorites such as Star Fox and Ness, while new additions, such as Little Mac and Villager, have been getting strong reviews from series veterans before release. Since the launch in Japan, the title has moved over 1.2 million units, making it one of the biggest Japanese releases of the year on any console. There is a Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. supposedly coming this year as well, but Nintendo remains silent on a confirmed release date or any other information regarding the home console release.
By Myles Gann